Origins of Color: Natural Dyes & Inks

Note: The content of the images in this post are here with permission from Karen Gorst, who taught the workshop I attended, Origins of Color. Karen is a world class calligrapher and manuscript illuminator whose work and contact information is available on her website, www.gorststudio.com. Photographs were taken by me, and are the property of Ash & Elm Press.

This past weekend I attended the class Origins of Color at the New York Center for Book Arts. I’ve taken a lot of classes there, from bookbinding, to box making, letterpress, and more. The Center has excellent teachers, and you learn so much in such a small amount of time. If you live near or can travel to NYC, I highly suggest taking a class or two if you’re serious about learning anything about the book arts.

Origins of Color explored how natural colors are taken from semi-precious stones, earth, plants, and even insects. Continue reading

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All About That Pinterest

All About That Pinterest

Show of hands, how many of you guys have a Pinterest? Probably a lot of you, since you’re here reading posts on a bookbinding blog. Clearly, you are an artist, crafter, DIY-er, or are just really interested in how things are made. Basically, I’m guessing Pinterest is your playground. It’s ok, me too!

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I like to pin about things that interest me, either practical or wish list pins mostly. Lately, I’ve been on a writing kick, so I’ve been looking for and pinning a lot of practical writing advice, and writing inspiration. I’ve also got a board about blogging, bookbinding, and a couple about Etsy, since I’m trying to grow my business. Then, of course, I have the dream library and reading nook boards, where I can pin up all the gorgeous library images I come across. I’m really into comfy/cozy reading areas (remodeled bed/bookshelf closets, reading hammocks- I could melt!) but there are some modern ones sprinkled in there. Continue reading

Tiny Book Workshop Recap

Tiny Book Workshop

I’ve written before about the Tiny Book Workshops that I was doing at Stony Brook University. In an effort to gauge interest in bookbinding classes on campus, we offered a Tiny Book Workshop to test the water. The Tiny Books are small little journals that fit on a necklace or key chain, and were a fun way to attract people to bookbinding. The initial announcement went viral on a faculty Listserv, and the workshop was booked within a couple days! We offered a second date because of campus interest, and held the workshops during campus lifetime (no classes) on February 10th and 24th. Continue reading

Tiny Book Workshop(s)

As some may know, I am the bookbinder at Stony Brook University Libraries in the Preservation Department, and a part-time library science student [edit: now a graduate!]. When I have my library science degree at the end of this year, I plan on working in a public-facing position in an academic and public library. Unfortunately, because my position right now is in technical services, I rarely interact with the public. So I need to work on gaining ‘customer service’ and teaching experience within my current position. I volunteer for as many outreach events as I can, and I currently run our library’s Instagram page. In an effort to gain more teaching experience and align with the SBU Libraries’ new engagement mission, I decided to work with my supervisor and begin offering bookbinding workshops. Continue reading